CLBR 159 1/2: Preview of Interviews with Miami Book Fair Authors

 CLBR 159 1/2: Preview of Interviews with Miami Book Fair Authors

Once again WebmasterRadio is a sponsor of the Miami Book Fair International which has become the country’s largest book fair.  As with last year, when we spoke with authors such as Doris Kearns-Goodwin, we have been able to interview several appearing authors for our show.  We have preview snippets available for 3 of them.

If you are in Miami please check them out this weekend!

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Each of these books is vital and fascinating and the authors compelling and engaging.  I will have more about each when we air the full interviews, but their book profiles are below.

Tavis Smiley – Death of a King

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Emily Parker: Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground

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Ross Baker: Is Bipartisanship Dead?: A Report from the Senate

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Tavis Smiley – Death of a King

New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley brings us a revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. “A poignant account of King’s final struggle. An eloquent, emotional journey from darkness to light.” —Kirkus Reviews “Tavis Smiley has captured not only the spirit of the movement, but the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his last days.” —Andrew Young, Ambassador & former Atlanta mayor “Meticulously researched…a powerful tribute.” –Publishers Weekly Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King’s life, revealing the minister’s trials and tribulations—denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country’s black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few—all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.


Emily Parker: Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground

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In China, university students use the Internet to save the life of an attempted murder victim. In Cuba, authorities unsuccessfully try to silence an online critic by sowing seeds of distrust in her marriage. And in Russia, a lone blogger rises to become one of the most prominent opposition figures since the fall of the Soviet Union. Authoritarian governments try to isolate individuals from one another, but in the age of social media freedom of speech is impossible to contain. Online, people discover that they are not alone. As one blogger put it, “Now I know who my comrades are.”In her groundbreaking book, Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground, Emily Parker, formerly a State Department policy advisor, writer at The Wall Street Journal and editor at The New York Times, provides on-the-ground accounts of how the Internet is transforming lives in China, Cuba, and Russia.It’s a new phenomenon, but one that’s already brought about significant political change. In 2011 ordinary Egyptians, many armed with little more than mobile phones, helped topple a thirty-year-old dictatorship. It was an extraordinary moment in modern history—and Now I Know Who My Comrades Are takes us beyond the Middle East to the next major civil rights battles between the Internet and state control.Star dissidents such as Cuba’s Yoani Sánchez and China’s Ai Weiwei are profiled. Here you’ll also find lesser-known bloggers, as well as the back-stories of Internet activism celebrities. Parker charts the rise of Russia’s Alexey Navalny from ordinary blogger to one of the greatest threats to Vladimir Putin’s regime.

This book introduces us to an army of bloggers and tweeters—generals and foot soldiers alike. These activists write in code to outsmart censors and launch online campaigns to get their friends out of jail. They refuse to be intimidated by surveillance cameras or citizen informers. Even as they navigate the risks of authoritarian life, they feel free. Now I Know Who My Comrades Are is their story.

 

Ross Baker: Is Bipartisanship Dead?: A Report from the Senate

Is Bipartisanship Dead? is a status report on the condition of bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate and includes material from candid, on-the-record interviews with a dozen Democrats and Republicans. The book explores the distinct differences in bipartisanship in Senate committees and on the floor of the chamber and highlights the role of party leaders in promoting or discouraging bipartisan efforts. The book also asks the important question–Is bipartisanship necessarily a good thing?–and provides examples of flawed bipartisan legislation along with the views of critics of bipartisanship. Finally, the book delivers a dispassionate analysis of the vital signs of bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate and examines the constraints on bipartisan action in an era of polarized politics.

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